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James Snell is a British journalist who has written for numerous international publications, including National Review, Prospect, The American Spectator, Middle East Eye and NOW News

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After election victory, Macron's foreign outlook is hardening

29 May, 2017

Comment: Macron is dogged by claims that his presidential victory had little to do with him, and everything to do with defeating the French far-right, writes James Snell.

Transformed? Trump in Riyadh managed diplomacy and restraint

23 May, 2017

Comment: Many were expecting fireworks from Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia. But he appears to be handling foreign policy far better than affairs on the home front, writes James Snell.

The moderation of Muqtada al-Sadr

09 May, 2017

Comment: Paradoxically, the threat of IS has created a new politics, putting nationalism before sectarianism. James Snell asks if a more moderate Sadr could provide the stability Iraq has lacked?

Raqqa's suffering won't end with the defeat of IS

14 April, 2017

Comment: The end of the Islamic State group's occupation of their last Syrian stronghold may be imminent, writes James Snell. But what comes next?

If Assad stays in power, it'd be a disaster

16 March, 2017

Comment: Assad may elicit support from an international community focused only on fighting IS, but he will never again be able to rule all of Syria, writes James Snell.

In Syria, as in business, Trump likes to delegate

02 March, 2017

Comment: Trump says the Saudis will pay for the safe zones he is planning in Syria. But details are suspiciously thin on the ground, writes James Snell.

Trump washes his hands of Syria

18 January, 2017

Comment: In his recent Times interview, Trump displayed a callous attitude to Syria, and reiterated his deeply flawed plan of a grand US-Russia coalition against IS, writes James Snell.

The spirit of the Arab Spring laid to rest

03 January, 2017

Comment: Bouazizi's self-immolation is widely recognised as sparking the Arab Spring. On the anniversary of the Tunisian's death, James Snell asks what has happened to the movement's hope and optimism.

Arms sales to Saudi criticised, while Assad is legitimised

14 December, 2016

Comment: To condemn trading with Saudi Arabia, while offering moral support for the genocidal Syrian regime, and its Russian and Iranian backers, is deeply hypocritical, writes James Snell

Mosul victory would be a propaganda victory for Obama

02 December, 2016

Comment: Victory over IS in Mosul may be on the horizon, but could come at a price that is tantamount to defeat, writes James Snell

Foreign fighters for statelets: From Kurdistan to the 'Caliphate'

25 November, 2016

Comment: The steady stream of recruits from the West to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), are just as ideologically driven as those flocking to join IS, writes James Snell

What to expect from the US presidential candidates

07 November, 2016

Comment: As the United States prepares to hold one of the most historic presidential elections in recent memory, James Snell explore how the candidates would fare on foreign policy.

James Snell
James Snell

James Snell is a British journalist who has written for numerous international publications, including National Review, Prospect, The American Spectator, Middle East Eye and NOW News

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